Fake job scams come in many different varieties, and one such scam includes those from illegitimate recruitment agencies. Today, we want to discuss this topic in further detail to ensure you don’t fall victim. 

How job recruitment scams work 

In relation to job recruitment scams, con artists will steal legitimate job postings from reputable recruitment websites and post them on a website they have created. When you “hire” them for their services, you will pay the fee, but will never see actual results. The so-called recruitment agency will interview you, take your resume, and then submit it on your behalf. As legitimate placement agencies put the resume through to the client, you are never contacted as the scammers are seeking commissions from the company. Their goal is to steal your personal information and collect funds. Now these individuals have access to personal data and can misrepresent you.  

“Scammers can post fake job ads, including postings on legitimate company pages. Both job seekers and the impersonated company can find it challenging to distinguish between real and fraudulent postings. Even worse, scammers also duplicate authentic job ads, modify contact details and post counterfeit listings on other job networking platforms.”

Security Intelligence 

The Federal Trade Commission reports on how scammers are using LinkedIn to bait people for money or personal information. What begins with a direct message, you will be told that you have all the skills they are looking for. Keep in mind that most of their communication will appear legitimate. However, once you are offered the job, you will be asked for money or personal information. Whether that be an invoice for equipment required for the job, or sending your driver’s license or Social Security number, it is important to note that legitimate companies will never ask you to pay up front for items. Typically, they don’t ask for personal documents until after you have met and been hired. 

Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that an estimated 14 million people are exposed to employment scams every year, with $2 billion in direct losses annually.” 

Watch for these red flags  

While scammers do have advanced skills to lead people to believing their tactics, there are some ways to help educate yourself so that you don’t become a victim.  

Here are a few things to consider: 

Fraudulent use of company information 

Scammers are experts at what they do. Therefore, they are very skilled in providing convincing communication or websites, which contain names and logos of well known (and legitimate) companies. This is why it is important to research any company you hire, but especially so when it comes to providing personal information. 

Email addresses 

While scammers can steal a variety of things, email addresses are trickier to imitate. Therefore, as a rule email addresses from an actual representative will typically include the company’s domain. You can verify this information via the website or reach out to someone within the organization to confirm the identity and contact information of the person. You can also find more information on what to look for here

Follow your instincts 

We have all heard the popular phrase, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” When it comes to fake job recruiters, scammers will bait you into believing that this is the perfect opportunity, and that you have secured the job of your dreams. While it can feel amazing that a company is contacting you immediately, in most cases legitimate recruiters want to build a relationship with their clients and truly understand your goals. If it seems like you are on a fast-track roller coaster toward a new career within hours, you might want to rethink the ride. 

It’s crucial to be proactive and conduct the appropriate research prior to providing personal information, submitting your resume, or accepting a job offer. Taking the time to ensure you are working with legitimate companies will save you time, energy, and your hard-earned money. If you would like to report a fraud or scam, please contact the Fraud Reporting System (Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre) toll free at 1-888-495-8501.  

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